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Senator John McCain, who actually doesn’t get pretty much anything, wants to know whether Donald Fehr “get’s it” about how important it is for Congress that baseball players get punished severely for failing a drug test. Hey McCain, don’t you get it?

There is no huge drug problem in baseball, there is an actual drug policy that is working, and we, the baseball fans that are setting attendance records coast to coast right now, we know that what’s really important to you and your cronies is distracting the mainstream media from the crimes against the country that our government is currently in the midst of committing.

I will admit that most of the members of the mainstream media seem to be complicit in your efforts to do so. Here’s ESPN’s Mark Kreidler, as clueless as anyone with a computer could be:

…. When McCain repeatedly pressed Fehr for a date as to when a new policy can be put into place, Fehr replied, “Can I give you a precise date? No. Would I expect it to be by the end of the World Series? I would certainly hope so.”

Got that? If a new agreement isn’t in place by the end of the Series, then Fehr’s “hopes” will have been dashed. You think he can live with his disappointment?

Don Fehr is fighting on behalf of his constituency. Let’s be clear on that. He doesn’t have to wear the black hat in this situation. It’s simply that Fehr is looking out for the interests of the players on the payrolls, not the sport that creates the industry that supplies the payrolls. Nothing inherently wrong with that: If you think the sport would be better left strictly to the devices of the folks who own the teams, we’d be happy to introduce you to the robber baron decades of the early and mid-1900s.

But Fehr is going to yield ground on this issue an inch at a time. He is going to stall and delay and hem and haw. Selig wants a 50-game suspension for a player’s first positive test. Fehr needed almost four months — four months — to announce this week’s counterproposal of 20 games, whereupon he said, “We believe that we’ve made a lot of strides.”

Ummm, Mark? Donald Fehr took four months to respond because after he reconsidered the penalties he’d just re-negotiated, (remember that the next time you hear how the players and Fehr are dragging their feet) he needed to actually speak to his constituents, (you know, the players), and actually ask them to, you know, vote on whether they wanted to cave in to the passing-the-buck kind of pressure being put on them by a criminally exploitive and manipulative commissioner.

Again, it must bear repeating (over and over, apparently) that there has never been anything resembling evidence that there is a large number of baseball players using steroids. The first year of testing revealed that less than 7% of players tested positive. Since then, the number has dropped to less than 1%.

For those of you still wondering, Barry Bonds has never failed a drug test, or admitted to knowingly or “unknowingly” using steroids. Neither has Mark McGwire, regardless of how you want to interpret what either of them have said or not said. The only players we absolutely know have used steroids are those who’ve failed their tests this season, and Canseco and Camminiti.

Any other “stories” you hear, are just that; stories. Facts are different. Facts are grey, and lack the spark that headlines demand. If you’re here, I’m hoping you are less inclined to be a headline quoting moron, (like so many people I hear), because I have no sympathy for those people. You wanna talk about what’s really going on, you’d better be reading the 100,000-plus words I’ve written on the subject, not to mention the tremendous works I’ve accumulated in my Steroids & Baseball section, written by men and women much, much smarter than me.

There is no steroids “problem” in baseball.

There is no problem that can be solved by more punishment.

The revolution will not be televised, by the way.


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